Thursday, January 28, 2021

Thursday PA Capitol & COVID NewsClips 1.28.21

returns to voting session Feb. 1, 2, 3

Senate returns to voting session Feb. 1, 2, 3

Feb. 2 - Governor’s Budget Address

TODAY 1:30: House State Government Committee hearing on PA’s SURE Voter Registration System, hearing from county election officials on 2020 elections.  Watch Live: 

Gov. Wolf Lays Out 2021 Agenda Prioritizing Economic Recovery, Building On Bipartisan Measures, Government Reform

AP: U.S. Terrorism Alert Warns Of Domestic Politically Motivated Violence -- National Terrorism Bulletin

The Hill: Nearly 10,000 Voters Have Dropped Out Of Republican Party In Pennsylvania

CitizensV Editorial: Pass Needed Election Reforms

WilliamsportS Editorial: Time To Reform Election Laws In PA

Republican Senator From PA Coal Country Pushed A Constitutional Amendment To Let Citizens Directly Exercise The Power They Already Have To Enact & Repeal Laws Without The General Assembly [PaCN]

AP: PA Voters Likely To Get Final Say On Limiting Governor’s Disaster Declarations To 21 Days

Spotlight PA: PA Could Become National Outlier In How It Elects State Appellate Judges, Here’s Why Experts Are Worried

AP: Child Sexual Assault Abuse Lawsuit Window Moves Near Voter Referendum

Jan Murphy: PA Lawmakers Look To Do Away With Independently Elected Lt. Governor

TribLive: Police Officer Seeks Republican Nod For Westmoreland County House Seat Race

MCall: PennDOT Plans To Toll Major Interstate Bridges In Need Of Repairs, Will Lehigh Valley Motorists Be Affected?

PG: $407.2 Million In Federal COVID Stimulus Money Averts Short Term Funding Crisis At PennDOT

McCall: Safety Group Gives PA Middling Grade On Highway Safety Laws

ScrantonT Editorial: Legislature Disregards Its Own Bloat

WCBS: Fmr Gov. Tom Ridge: Pandemic Exposes U.S. Vulnerabilities To Bio Threats

MCall: Drug Overdose Deaths Surge 19% In Lehigh Valley Region As PA COVID Restrictions Compromise Addiction Recovery

MCall: Allentown Catholic Diocese Sells 171 Acres To Pay Priest Child Sexual Abuse Victims

Inquirer: New Lawsuit Alleges Devereux Juvenile Center Failed To Protect At Least 6 Children From Abuse

Inquirer: Philly Courts Backlog Leaves Many Jailed For Months Without A Hearing

PennLive: Cumberland County Judge Facing Charges For Outbursts Will Not Run

Inquirer: Pushed By Pandemic, Faculty At Penn Other Campuses Want Greater Voice In Decisions

Inquirer: Biden’s Plan To Fix Student Loans Puts Spotlight On Debt Cancellation, Easier Bankruptcies

WilliamsportS: More Than One-Fourth Of State’s Households Struggled Financially Even Before Pandemic

Editorial: When It Comes To Computer Screen Time, Take The Long View


WITF: Lawmakers, Undocumented Immigrants Call On Biden For Relief For Families In Refuge

MCall: Republican Scheller To Make Another Run At Democratic Cong. Susan Wild

YorkD Editorial: Toomey Puts Country Over Party

TribLive: U.S. Census Data For Congressional Seats Still Months Away

Civil Justice

WHYY: Philly Police Chief OK’d Use Of Tear Gas On Protesters, Residents Investigation Finds

TribLive: Man Injured In Pittsburgh Protests Sues Officials, Pollice

TribLive: Pittsburgh Police Implementing ‘Homelessness Academy’ Training For Recruits

PA’s Role In The Assault On U.S. Capitol

PennLive: State College Man Charged By FBI With Being Inside U.S. Capitol During Assault

AP: PA Teacher Fights Suspension Over Attending U.S. Capitol Protest

PennLive: Harrisburg Woman Accused Of Stealing Pelosi’s Laptop Delays Abuse Hearing Against Man Who Called FBI

Op-Ed: Central PA Voters Deserve Better Than Trump Loyalist Republican Cong. Scott Perry

Op-Ed: A Challenge For Republican PA Cong. Scott Perry To Help Clear His Name

Op-Ed: Radical Ideas Are Nothing New For Republican PA Cong. Scott Perry

Op-Ed: Republican Cong. Scott Perry It’s Time To Resign

Op-Ed: Who Is Republican Contributor Jeffrey Yass?  And Why Is He Such A Big Problem For Pennsylvania?

Letter: If Cong. Perry Has Any Honor He’ll Resign

LOnline Editorial: Lancaster County Republican Leaders Need To Tell Truth To Trump Supporters

ScrantonT Editorial: Republican Censorship?  No, Accountability

CNN: Two U.S. Capitol Police Officers Have Now Died By Suicide After Responding To Capitol Assault


Dept. Of Health Reports 198 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 6,036 New Cases-- 1.28.21

AP: PA Senate OKs $912 Million Pandemic Aid Bill, Including Wolf’s $145 Million Assistance Program

Ford Turner: PA Senate Passes COVID Relief Package Including Grants Of Up To $50,000 For Small Businesses

PennLive: PA Restaurants Call For Financial Help, Reforms To Survive Blows From COVID Pandemic

AltoonaM: Eateries Plead For Change In Rules

Inquirer: New PA Health Secretary’s Goals: Improving Vaccine Rollout, Pushing Feds For More Doses

Dept. Of Health Reports 222 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 5,874 New Cases-- 1.27.21

ScrantonT: New COVID Cases Jump Sharply In NE PA, Statewide

Katie Meyer: Wolf Faces Criticism From Left And Right For Slow, Confusing Vaccine Distribution

WESA: Under Half Of COVID Vaccine Doses In Allegheny County Have Been Given To Residents, Where Are The Rest?

TribLive: Allegheny County Officials Expecting Improvements To COVID Vaccine Rollout

PG: How To Get COVID Vaccine In Western PA

PennLive: Central PA Hospital Leaders Defend Vaccinating ‘Back Office’ Health Care Workers First

WilliamsportS: Evangelical Health Offers COVID Vaccines, Gets Overwhelming Response

WilliamsportS: Geisinger Health Expert Debunks COVID Vaccine Rumors

MCall: Seniors Line Up For COVID Vaccinations At Dorney Park, St. Luke’s Clinics Has Limited Supply Of Shots Available

ErieT: UPMC Hamot Staff Hits Road To Give COVID Vaccine

Inquirer: For Workers Now Eligible For COVIC Vaccine, Rollout Has Been Confusing, High Stakes

WHYY: Why Did Philly Trust A Vaccine Program To Young Student Group With No Healthcare Experience?

Inquirer: Philly Fighting COVID’s Founder Met With City About Vaccines In Nov., No One Asked About His Healthcare Credentials

Inquirer Column: Philly Fighting COVID Disaster Strikes Another Blow To Vaccine Trust In Black Communities

WHYY: Delaware County Debuts Wellness Center As COVID Vaccination Effort Intensifies

Inquirer Column: Vaccine Site In Delaware County Shows How You Keep Promises In A Pandemic

ScrantonT: Advocates Plan To Bring COVID Vaccine To Homeless

CitizensV: Area Educators Get COVID Vaccines Prior To Expansion Of First Priority Group

CitizensV: Advocate: More Minority Outreach Needed On Vaccine In NE PA Amid Pandemic

TribLive: Wolf Defends Moving Smokers To Top COVID Vaccine Priority Group

ABC27: PA Correctional Officers Want COVID Vaccines: ‘Our System Has Become Overrun’

TribLive Editorial: Clamoring To Be ‘Most Eligible’ In COVID Vaccine Sweepstakes

PennLive: Cumberland County To Host 5 Days Of Free COVID Testing

MCall: Drug Overdose Deaths Surge 19% In Lehigh Valley Region As PA COVID Restrictions Compromise Addiction Recovery

9 COVID Outbreaks In 100+ Philly Private Schools Since The Fall, Health Dept. Says

Wallace McKelvey: ‘I’m On My Own’: Teachers, Schools Struggle Amid Ongoing COVID Crisis

Wallace McKelvey: Children Are Susceptible To COVID, And Some Nasty Long-Term Effects

WHYY: Philly Plans To Offer In-Person K-2 Classes In Feb, Making 3rd Attempt At Reopening

TribLive: Pittsburgh Schools Delay Return To Classrooms Until April 6

MCall: PIAA Doesn’t Weigh In On Mask Rule Enforcement At Basketball Games

PennLive: COVID Much Deadlier Than Regular Flu For PA Patients, New Report Finds

PennLive: First Lycoming County Prison Inmate Dies Of COVID

ErieT: Erie County Courthouse Extends Limited Closure

Dept. Of Labor & Industry COVID Enforcement Actions Jan. 18-22

Triblive: Hearing On Allegheny Restaurant Closure Orders Focuses On Mask Efficacy

WBTimes: Luzerne County Releases Report On COVID Grant Recipients

ScrantonT: Animal Shelters Feeling Impact Of COVID Pandemic


NY Post: CVS Begins In-Store COVID Vaccinations

AP: Biden Says He’s ‘Bringing Back The Pros’ For COVID Briefings

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